Serves 4 (serving size: 2 cups arugula, 3/4 cup bean mixture, 2 tablespoons nuts, and 2 tablespoons cheese)
Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr
4 cups (1/2-inch) cubed peeled butternut squash
7 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon adobo sauce
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 (15-ounce) can no-salt-added black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (9-ounce) package baby arugula
1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled goat cheese
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 425°.
Combine squash and 1 tablespoon oil; toss to coat. Arrange squash on a jelly-roll pan. Bake at 425° for 25 minutes or until tender.
Arrange walnuts on jelly-roll pan; coat with cooking spray. Sprinkle 1/8 teaspoon salt over nuts; toss. Bake at 425° for 10 minutes or until toasted, stirring once.
Combine 1 tablespoon olive oil, vinegar, mustard, honey, and adobo sauce in a bowl; stir with a whisk.
Heat a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add remaining 1 teaspoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add squash, remaining 3/8 teaspoon salt, pepper, and beans; cook 3 minutes or until heated through. Remove from heat; stir in 3 tablespoons adobo dressing; toss to coat.
Combine remaining dressing and arugula; toss to coat. Divide arugula mixture evenly among 4 plates; top with bean mixture. Sprinkle evenly with nuts and cheese.
This recipe is awesome. I made it for the first time a few weeks ago and have taken it for lunch four or five times since. I used chili beans the first time I made it because I was out of black beans and also added a little extra adobo sauce while cooking the vegetables. I threw in some zucchini as well. Turned out great!
Absolutely delicious! I made this last night with delicate squash instead of butternut because dang, those things are hard to cut, and it turned out to be amazing! The dressing is simple but really tasty and the walnuts and cheese are the perfect accent to the smokiness of the rest of the dish. Will definitely be making this again!